Is Jesus happy with church as usual?

Surrender control
And roll
With Jesus’ flow.

If people gathered to honor you, but ignored your presence among them, you wouldn’t like it. Jesus probably doesn’t either.

Without ongoing, personal interaction with the living Jesus, Christianity is just one more religion. When Christians allowed talks about Jesus to replace interacting with His presence, we traded His power for a form of godliness.

It seems so simple. If Jesus is really alive (like Christians say) we should let Him actively lead and direct us when we meet. Instead we say, “Jesus is the Head of the church,” but then make a preacher or program the real head.

Christians seem eager to rally around a preacher, a doctrine, a church building, or even a politician, but slow to rally around Jesus. In fact, they often bring active and harsh resistance against a gathering of Christians that seeks to follow Jesus instead of a program.

It’s rare to find a group of Christians that gathers, listens to Jesus together, and then lets people say and do what He tells them to. Why should religious programs have a monopoly on Christian meetings?

When I read the Bible with an open heart, it’s not just words, but inner revelation and revolutionary life! It’s amazing how reading that ancient book inebriates my heart, as though it is full of new wine.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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